Course Code


Course Name

China’s Regions and Their Global Interactions


Monday 9:30am-12:15pm


YIA 402



Teaching Assistant

WEN Mingrui

Course Description

This course examines regional political economy in contemporary China in global context. It looks in particular at the evolution of regional policy in China since 1949 and its implications, at issues relating to ethnic minorities and western China, at Hong Kong, and the “belt and road initiative” from a sub-national perspective in China.

Course Outline

Detailed Course Outline is available on Blackboard.

Week 1: Introduction: Thinking about China’s regions

Week 2: Framework: Globalization, regions, and the rise of China

Week 3: Regional policy in the PRC: 1949-1970s

Week 4: “Reform and opening up”: Coastal development and its implications

Week 5: Policies to develop Western, Northeast and Central China

Week 6: Regional policy to 2020 and beyond

Week 7: Regions and policy making in the PRC

Week 8: “New Silk Roads”: the belt and road initiative from the perspective of China’s regions

Week 9: Policy case studies

Week 10: Ethnic minorities and minority regions in global context

Week 11: Western China in global context

Week 12: Hong Kong

Week 13: Final project presentations

Assessment & Assignments

Essay (40%)

Oral and written presentation (50%)

Class participation and attendance (10%)

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.